St. Bonifacius

When St. Bonifacius carpenter Eugene Rakow left for work on Friday, Sept. 27, he had no way of knowing that his experience that day would ultimately become an international news story highlighted in major newspapers, magazines and television networks, from Good Morning America to the National Inquirer. The excitement began around 1 p.m. while the […]

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Gene Rakow, a carpenter from St. Bonifacius, was injured recently when he accidentally shot himself in the heart while working with a nail gun. The nail penetrated two chambers of his heart, missing the coronary artery by only two millimeters. Emergency open heart surgery was successful in removing the nail and repairing his heart, however […]

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Father Joseph-Quoc Vuong’s journey to St. Mary of Czestochowa, a catholic church just north of Watertown, certainly was a long one. Just 20 years ago, in 1993, Vuong was immigrating to the United States. He knew no English, and just 3 years earlier, when he was 18, his family had fled Vietnam as refugees. But […]

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By Lorrie Ham Prompted by an e-mail from resident Fred Keller, a roomful of citizens attended the St. Boni City Council meeting on Oct. 2 seeking information about the pending community center redevelopment project. By the time the two-hour meeting was over, two more members had been added to the building committee, additional dollars had […]

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by Lorrie Ham The St. Boni City Council approved a preliminary tax levy for 2014 in the amount of $604,326, which represents a 7.7 percent decrease from the 2013 levy of $654,733. Mayor Rick Weible outlined the highlights of the proposed 2014 budget. The city will receive an increase of $46,000 in Local Government Aid […]

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By Theresa Malloy Shacara Foster has pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the 2012 death of her toddler son, Cottrell Short. Foster, 28, of St. Bonifacius left her son in the care of her boyfriend, Kentae Todd, 22, of Coon Rapids, on Feb. 10, 2012, when she went to St. Paul. Todd pleaded guilty to […]

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